WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
1 BODY & STRUCTURE
Slow or clunky operation from the folding roof could indicate costly problems. Different models use different types of fluid, so do your research. If you need rear seats, that rules out the first generation cars, which are two-seaters only.
Modifications are popular, so research carefully in advance what original spec should look like. The earliest cars had 292bhp Y-block V8s, increasing to 312bhp, followed by 340bhp McCulloch supercharged units. By the time of the 1973 ‘Big Birds’ they had evolved into 7.5-litre big-block V8s, before gradual downsizing.
Various manual and automatic gearboxes were available, with optional overdrive. Replacement or repair will be costly, so haggle accordingly.
Check that early cars with drum brakes don’t pull to one side under braking. They sometimes have poorly adjusted shoes due to a reversethreaded adjuster on one side.
5 INTERIOR & ELECTRICS
You’ll need to make friends with overseas suppliers as trim in the UK is scarce. The trim is part of the car’s character, so don’t accept a tatty interior.